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Mar 12, 1997

FSU Takes First-Round NIT Game over Syracuse, 82-67

Randell Jackson scored 20 points and Lamar Greer added 16 to lead Florida State to an 82-67 victory over Syracuse in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament.

James Collins had 14 points for Florida State (17-11), which will play at Michigan State in the second round.

Otis Hill scored 16 points and Ramel Lloyd added 13 for an undermanned Syracuse team, which one year ago was beginning a run which culminated in a loss to Kentucky in the NCAA Championship game.

Florida State controlled the boards, outrebounding Syracuse, 43-32, en route to its first victory in four meetings between the schools. The Seminoles grabbed 14 offensive rebounds.

"The only place we could beat that zone was with second shots," said Florida State coach Pat Kennedy. "We obviously had a size advantage here. We don't normally get a size advantage in our conference."

"Look at the games we struggled in this year and it has been rebounding in 90 percent of those games if not every game," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim lamented. "I really believe was are just too small."

The Orangemen (19-13) played much of the game without Todd Burgan, who shares the team lead in scoring, and part of the game without point guard Jason Hart.

Burgan, who averaged 15.7 points per game this season, played just seven minutes and failed to score. He continued to be bothered by a finger injury suffered during the Big East Tournament. Hart scored just six points in 24 minutes before leaving due to a pulled stomach muscle, also suffered in last week's conference tournament.

"I think the big difference was them not having Todd Burgan," Kennedy said. "I think for them Burgan is very, very important."

"When we don't have Todd and Jason, we're just giving away too much on the offensive end," Boeheim said. "I really believe without Todd for the whole season we wouldn't have won 10 games."

FLORIDA ST (82)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Greer           30  4-10   7-7   3-5  3  2   16
Jackson         35  7-10   6-9  5-11  1  4   20
Luchman         24   4-6   5-7   2-7  2  3   13
K Thompson      31   0-3   2-2   0-7  7  4    2
Collins         38  4-11   4-4   0-3  1  3   14
Brower          22  3-10   0-0   1-3  1  1    8
Louis           17   4-5   1-2   3-6  0  4    9
Deas             2   0-0   0-0   0-1  0  0    0
Hale             1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
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TOTALS         200 26-55 25-31 14-43 15 21   82
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Percentages: FG-.473, FT-.806. 3-Point Goals:
5-17, .294 (Greer 1-3, K Thompson 0-3, Collins
2-6, Brower 2-5). Team rebounds: 2. Blocked
shots: 1 (Collins). Turnovers: 16 (K Thompson 4,
Deas 3, Jackson 3, Brower 2, Greer 2, Collins,
Louis). Steals: 5 (Luchman 2, Brower, Greer, K
Thompson).
SYRACUSE (67)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Burgan           7   0-3   0-0   1-2  0  0    0
Janulis         23   4-8   0-0   1-3  0  3   11
Hill            29  5-13   6-9   1-3  0  0   16
Hart            24   3-8   0-1   2-5  2  1    6
Cipolla         29   2-8   0-0   0-0  3  2    4
Lloyd           31  5-12   4-8   7-7  1  2   14
Ovcina          23   2-5   0-0   4-8  0  4    5
Thomas          10   3-4   1-3   1-2  0  2    7
Howard           9   0-3   0-0   1-1  2  3    0
Mcnabb           8   0-2   3-6   0-0  2  0    3
Riggins          7   0-0   1-2   1-1  4  1    1
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TOTALS         200 24-66 15-29 19-32 14 18   67
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Percentages: FG-.364, FT-.517. 3-Point Goals:
4-18, .222 (Burgan 0-1, Janulis 3-6, Hart 0-1,
Cipolla 0-3, Lloyd 0-3, Ovcina 1-3, Mcnabb 0-1).
Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 1 (Mcnabb).
Turnovers: 10 (Hill 3, Lloyd 2, Burgan, Cipolla,
Hart, Janulis, Ovcina). Steals: 11 (Hart 3,
Cipolla 2, Hill 2, Lloyd 2, Burgan, Ovcina).
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Florida St         30   52  -   82
Syracuse           24   43  -   67
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Technical fouls: None.  A: 5,385. Officials: Sam
Banks, Jerry Sauder, Bob Garabaldi.

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